Spoke & Bird

Restaurants, Coffee shops Near South Side
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The Prairie District gathering place is partly a coffee shop, with Counter Culture beans and people pounding away on laptops and partly a restaurant, with a menu of sandwiches, burgers and salads. Ingredients are drawn from around the region, like 1871 Dairy and Moody Tongue Brewing Company, and the big windows, plants and light woods make it a comfortable spot for settling in over a sandwich, like honey and tea chicken with pickled cauliflowers, and dessert, including a brownie that comes elaborately plate with whipped cream and lemon zest.

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Venue name: Spoke & Bird
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Address: 205 E 18th St
Chicago

Opening hours: Daily 7am-6pm
Transport: Bus: 1, 3, 4, 29, 62.
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The location is ideal for South Looping it.  It's right by the 18th street bridge headed to the lake and tucked nicely by the Women's Garden. Free parking is available and there's a divvy station within a half a block. The food menu is a bit small so it can be difficult if you are vegetarian or gluten free etc, however, the patio is huge and it's a gorgeous location and they have happy hour from 4-6.  They have a small selection of cocktails (probably 1 or 2) so happy hour focuses on beers.  Stop by on a sunny day after a lake front bike ride to rest your feet!


Amazing selection of drinks and treats and the location is beautiful. Always worth a visit and a enjoying my latte just a little bit longer on the patio.


Whether I sip a cup of (awesome coffee) while I work away in the cafe, or have a light dinner out on the patio, Spoke & Bird is the perfect neighborhood spot! Service is friendly, the space is cozy and welcoming and the coffee is great.

tastemaker

I've lived just down the block from this place and I visit it frequently. To be connected to a park with this large of a patio, it's an amazing place to spend a day relaxing in great weather. I know it has gotten mixed reviews in the past and rightfully so...they have had some growing pains. From what I have seen though, is they continue to work on it and get better. The consistency and portion size has gotten much better and their beer list is solid. It can get pretty packed on the weekends, especially this time of year...so I recommend bringing a blanket, getting your order to go, and walking into the park that's connected to it and enjoying your day there!


Unimpressive on many levels. I was disappointed the first time I tried Bird and Spoke last year, but decided to give it another try. Maybe they needed a little time to get up to full speed ----being a new venue.

Unfortunately, again, both the food and service were not great. First, the staff person behind the counter taking orders and payments was incredibly slow and the line to order was growing rapidly while not moving. Ok, maybe it was a novice employee, still learning, that happens. Second, I ordered a small coffee. He handed me a self serve mug, but charged me for a bottomless cup.... an additional dollar. which, I didn't notice until after I walked across the hall to the dining area and sat down. I didn't order the $3.00 coffee and he didn't offer options. I wasn't planning on staying long enough for more than one cup of coffee. When the server brought the food, (I had already paid for multiple cups), I asked for a warm up to top off my still full cooling cup of coffee. That's when I realized that they don't refill coffee, and there isn't even a self serve coffee option in the dining room. I had to get up and walk back to the self serve kiosk with the ceramic cup and saucer in hand, to warm up my coffee.

When I noticed and asked the server why I was charged $3.00 for my coffee, he very nonchalantly shrugged and said," Sorry they are supposed to ask you at time of purchase...", but he didn't offer to rectify it.

Thirdly, the egg sandwich was not very tasty, and the plate in front of me, was not what one would expect from the menu description and an $9 meal. A few very dried out breakfast potatoes... about 6-7 small pieces. The sandwich was small and dry, again barely any grilled mushrooms and the egg, which I thought would be scrambled, was a very runny sunny side up egg. So I was mistaken, but maybe they should either describe the sandwich better or ask one how they would like the egg cooked.

All in all very slow, lackadaisical service and high prices, for unsatisfactory portions.

It's too bad, the location and ambiance are wonderful. And the menu sounds good, but the food and service are unimpressive.